Guest Vendor, Nakia Dillard, Actor & CEO of Aikan Entertainment, at 2016 Big Sell Off.

The 2016 Big Sell Off

Feb. 4, 2016 Community Leaders Join Global Street Paper Movement Distributing One Step Away with Homeless for 2016 Big Sell Off

Philadelphia community leaders came together February 4, from 12-2pm to distribute One Step Away newspapers in Center City alongside vendors for the 2016 Big Sell Off. The Big Sell Off is an international collaboration between street papers in 35 countries, supporting and celebrating the more than 27,000 vendors at 112 street papers worldwide working to change their lives and escape poverty and homelessness.

“The Big Sell Off lets people know that this isn’t a hidden problem, that homelessness exists in our cities – in our backyards – across the world,” says Guest Vendor Todd Silverstein, “I want to help open people’s eyes to homelessness: people who normally wouldn’t be paying attention.”

“We are grateful for the passionate individuals who are serving as guest vendors and champions for the homeless. We have such a supportive city, and are excited to come together with the larger street paper movement to host The Big Sell Off in Philadelphia,” states Emily Taylor, One Step Away’s director.

Our guest vendors included:

Andrea Brooks, Manager of Provider Development and Transformation Initiatives, DBHIDS; Betty McConney, Willis Towers Watson; Christine Caine, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors; Conrad Brenner, Photographer and Blogger, @StreetsDept; Daniel Gonzalez, Laborer, Local 172; Denise Joell, Financial Analyst, Willis Towers Watson; Erin Tomaszewski, Senior Client Services Specialist, Willis Towers Watson; Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick, Director, Office of LGBT Affairs at City of Philadelphia; John Benson, Senior Vice President, Willis Towers Watson; Lauri Mitchell, Human Capital Practice LeaderWillis Towers Watson; Laurie Scheff, Vice President, Willis Towers Watsonari; Mark Chandler, Director of Technology Services,Resources for Human Development; Michael Days, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News; Nakia Dillard, Actor, Writer, & Director; CEO & Owner, Aikan Entertainment; Peter Neuschul, Global Operation Executive; Revenell Kuris, Client Administrator, ARI; Tony Abraham, Generocity Lead Reporter, Technically Media; Todd Silverstein, Chief Operating Officer, Resources for Human Development

One Step Away is Philadelphia’s street newspaper creating income and personal growth opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness, while advocating for social justice in our community and around the world.

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